Buy Tickets From the 2020-2021 Season: Romeo and Juliet Playing February 12, 2022 to March 06, 2022

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday February 10, 2022
$20 General Admission Preview Friday February 11, 2022

Romeo and Juliet will have 2:30pm only Sunday performances on Feb 13 and March 6.
Lunch menu available at 1:15pm.

The performances on Sunday Feb 20 & 27 will be at 6:30pm only.

Sariel Toribio and Destiny Freeman (Photo by Daniel Parvis)

In a violent and broken community, can love still exist, thrive and survive? We invite you to join us for our 20th anniversary production of William Shakespeare's tragic love story.

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Romeo & Juliet is a tragic story about the consequences of violence and division in the community of Verona. This production (and Shakespeare's original script) do not seek to glorify suicide or murder, but instead to hold the mirror up to nature as to what can and does happen if violence and division are senselessly perpetuated and passed down through generations. Please read the information below in order to make that decision for your family or classroom.

  • Romeo and Juliet share two consensual kisses at the Capulet Party
  • Romeo and Juliet share one consensual kiss on her Balcony
  • The characters of Romeo, Benvolio, Mercutio, the Nurse and Juliet all have text that include sexual innuendo. The actors do not physicalize these moments of text during student matinees, but the text itself IS retained.
  • The text/ song from the script is included where Mercutio repeats the word "hoar" (pronounced the same as the contemporary word "whore") multiple times during the street scene with the Nurse.
  • Tybalt stabs Mercutio onstage. This stab includes stage blood and results in Mercutio's death offstage.
  • Romeo stabs Tybalt onstage. This stab includes stage blood and results in Tybalt's death onstage.
  • Juliet, holding the rope ladder, implies a threat of suicide with the text "now I am maid die maiden widowed, and death not Romeo take my maidenhead"
  • Romeo, pulling a dagger, threatens suicide with the text "tell me in what part of my anatomy doth my name lodge, tell me that I may sack the hateful mansion."
  • The morning after their wedding, Romeo & Juliet begin a scene lying in bed together, fully clothed, in a position that suggests they feel asleep talking late into the night. They share consensual touching and kisses until he leaves the scene. Juliet is subjected to a non-consensual kiss from Paris
  • Juliet, pulling a dagger, threatens suicide with the text "Be not so long to speak. I long to die if what thou speaks't speak not of remedy"
  • Romeo murders Paris onstage, no stage blood
  • Romeo takes a vial of poison, resulting in his death onstage.
  • Juliet stabs herself with a dagger, resulting in her death, no stage blood.

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Read the Plot Synopsis

Romeo and Juliet Synopsis
-Adapted for this production from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

After a brawl between the rival families of Montague and Capulet, the Prince threatens with death anyone who “disturbs our streets again.” Romeo, Montague’s heir, masked at a Capulet dance, becomes infatuated with Capulet’s daughter, Juliet. From the garden he overhears her avowal as she stands on her balcony and their love scene follows. Next afternoon Friar Lawrence marries them in secret.

When Romeo refuses to fight with Tybalt, a passionate Capulet (who is now his cousin by marriage), the gallant Mercutio takes the challenge himself. He is killed by mischance, and Romeo, enraged, kills Tybalt. In his absence the Prince banishes him; the Friar tells him to stay the night with Juliet and then wait in Mantua until recall is possible. When Juliet’s father insists that she shall marry a young nobleman, Paris, and she gets no aid from either her mother or her nurse, the Friar gives her an opiate (to take on the following night) that will put her in a death-like trance for “two-and-forty hours.” She will be laid in the Capulet vault; when she wakes, Romeo will be there.

Juliet is duly placed in the vault as dead, but the Friar’s messenger to Mantua miscarries; hearing only of Juliet’s “death”, Romeo hastens to the tomb at night and is surprised by Paris whom he kills; in the vault he drinks poison he has bought from a Mantuan apothecary, and dies by Juliet’s side. She wakes as the desperate Friar enters, and on seeing Romeo dead, stabs herself. The Prince and the heads of the families are roused; over the bodies of their children Capulet and Montague are reconciled.

Director's Notes

Directed by Kati Grace Brown

Show Information

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 2:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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